Worth Looking at a centec 2A?

  1. gaz1

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    get it quick before he changes his mind and takes the higher offer:D
     
  2. gaz1

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    ng! According to my 'hand book' a 2
    is 380LB gross plus 150LB for the pedestal stand.
     
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  3. Rannsachair

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  4. julianthegypsy Member

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    I had no trouble moving mine, and it is designed so that amazingly enough, it will fit through a normal door fully assembled with its tray, so if you can get it on a sack truck you're laughing!
     
  5. fizzy Forum Supporter

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    This is why I often prefer pallet shipping - saves a lot of back breaking work.
     
  6. RichardM Member

    I am jealous :(

    Looks a good machine. Hope it all goes well
     
  7. Rannsachair

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    Thanks folks, pencilled in Thursday for collection.
     
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  8. gaz1

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    good luck cant wait for your pics and also machine in its place
     
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  9. mm289 Member

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    I picked mine up in a VW van, just me and the seller, lifted it into van. That was complete with its stand. I can "walk" it around the workshop if your careful so 3 of you should be fine:thumbup:

    The motor is heavy in the stand so separating the stand from the mill helps, but if I remember from previous posts it is on its own stand so should be easily separable anyway.

    Cheers,

    MM
     
  10. Rannsachair

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    it was a bit of a lift, but now sitting on the bench:

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    it appears to be in remarkably good condition, cannot feel any movement or backlash in the slides or spindle.Serial No is 1444:
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    Which makes it likely 1954 from lathes.co.uk.

    Motor been changed to single phase:
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    There is good news and bad news: the upper arm for the horizontal mill could not be found though the shaft end mounting and some tools were all there! The good news, one or 2 bits of tooling etc came with it:
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    So overall I think a good buy at £650 and the fun 3 man lift and trip to Largs.

    The deceased owner was a boatbuilder who restored classic bikes, he had a collection of BMW's from the 1950's to a 1980 R80GS with 800 miles from new. The bikes were all sold, perhaps as well. I bought a few other things while there , will post separately.
     
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  11. gaz1

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    with what you got in bits there it made that thing a right bargain price up what you have in the big items alone

    and its price comes way down

    bargain and half for a mill
     
  12. Arc Tourist

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    Not currently pictured on their site, " quillstar.co.uk " had a pallet with a number of Centec parts on it; not sure what model, but I seem to recall there was an overarm as well. Might be worth a call or sending an email ?
     
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  13. Rannsachair

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    Thanks, I will call them tomorrow.
     
  14. mm289 Member

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    very nice :thumbup:
     
  15. Rannsachair

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    i gave it a better look over today and a wipe down of the old oil and grease - really impressed by the build quality and details on this old machine,oilers, nipples everywhere.

    There is room for some improvement in the finish, still to rearrange where it will go before I fill the gearbox with oil and start it up
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  16. julianthegypsy Member

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    Why the reversing switch? Surely it should only ever go one way? I foresee some nasty crashes if it doesn't!
     
  17. MattF

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    Tapping.
     
  18. Rannsachair

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    It needs opposite directions between using a vertical and horizontal head to get the correct direction of rotation in each case.
     
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  19. julianthegypsy Member

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    That's odd. Mine had a different vertical head, which I never managed to identify, but I'm sure it turned in the right direction. I certainly never had a reversing switch anyway!
     
  20. Rannsachair

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    I read it on http://www.lathes.co.uk/centec/ "As a point of interest, when a Centec is changed from horizontal to vertical drive the spindle will, unless the motor is fitted with a reversing switch, turn in the wrong direction."

    All of which makes it frustrating that the horizontal arm could not be found.
     
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